Gorotsuki Tenshi (aekiy) wrote,
Gorotsuki Tenshi

The Sky Crawlers

I have a new AMN Anime/Eastern Image review for The Sky Crawlers, Oshii's latest philosophical epic.  I've taken to watching English dubs first, since I need to watch both versions and typically can't stand the English once I've seen the Japanese, and I'm not sure how much that may have impacted my initial impression.  The first time I watched it, I was honestly bored to tears for the first 90 minutes; it wasn't until the last half-hour that it felt at all rewarding or meaningful.

For the second viewing, I watched the Japanese version.  Apart from some terrible Engrish at some points, I did enjoy the Japanese version a bit better, but as far as I could tell, the English dub really was rather faithful for the most part.  I think it was having already grasped the elements behind the film and their relevance to the action that helped me better appreciate it the second time.  Either way, the film is beautiful both aurally and visually, and it does have good themes and meaning; it's just that Oshii's taken his trademark melancholic mood and pacing to new depths that might not be enjoyable for a lot of people.
Tags: anime, reviews

  • First Day of NaNoWriMo

    Crawled out of bed an hour ago. Just finished eating breakfast and watching an episode of R.O.D -THE TV-. So much sneezing. No progress so far.

  • Short Story Elements

    Kasha would like to make the attempt to write something but is no good at settling on an idea or negating anxiety. So if you could, please submit…

  • On Equality

    Excellent speech by Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Serenity. Because these stories give people strength, and I've heard it from…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.